Making the pizza dough is a crucial part of every pizza recipe, requiring skillful techniques as well as time. Don't let these dissuade you from making your own pizza; one of the secrets to having a new batch of homemade pizza at any time is freezing the pizza dough.
Bread flour (4 cups)
Sugar (1 tbsp)
Salt (1.5 tsp)
Step 1: Prepare the dough
In the bowl of a stand mixer, mix the yeast in the lukewarm water, so it can dissolve.
Add the sugar and oil before packing on four cups of bread flour. From there, add the salt to the mix.
Start mixing on a low-speed setting for 2 to 3 minutes until the water and flour are adequately combined.
Let the dough rest for at least 10 minutes.
After rest, mix the dough some more on medium speed for 5 to 7 minutes.
Grab the remaining 3/4 cups of flour and mix it in until the texture is shiny and smooth. You may not need the entire 3/4 cup.
The dough is ready and all you have to do is part them into equal sections (about 9 small balls are recommended).
Step 2: Freezing the dough
Put the sections onto a baking sheet and refrigerate overnight.
Next morning, let the dough sit at room temp for 45 minutes to an hour. This allows it to harden enough for an easy freezer transfer.
Wrap the balls in plastic wrap, before transferring them to a ziploc bag, to be placed in the fridge.
Step 3: Using the dough (defrosting)
Simply remove the dough from the freezer and let it sit at room temp. It should become soft and pliable again, so you can roll it into a pizza crust and you're good to go!
Unlike many people may think, frozen pizza dough isn't any less good than one freshly made as long as it is properly prepared and stored. If anything, it helps you enjoy your favorite pizza recipes at any time you want!